World War I

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In Pictures: William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

Seema Syeda watches the premiere of The Head and the Load at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The past year has seen a whole raft of performance art, poignant memoir, and academic enquiry proliferate across the world stage in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the ‘war to end all wars’. The UK’s own 14-18NOW […]

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WWI: Pershing on the Western Front

No general in American history held the kind of absolute power General Pershing wielded. With complete backing from President Woodrow Wilson and Secretary of War Newton D Baker, Pershing could shape the American Expeditionary Force, due to deploy on the Western Front of the First World War, as he saw fit. But how successful was his military strategy?

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MHM 91 – April 2018

The April issue of Military History Monthly, the British military history magazine, is now on sale. In this issue: ON THE COVER: BIRTH OF THE RAF 100 years after its birth, renowned military historian Jeremy Black revisits the creation of a revolutionary military organisation: the Royal Air Force. SPECIAL: CHAKDARA, 1897 –  THE OTHER RORKE’S DRIFT? In an […]

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Passchendaele: plans and preparations

Why did the British fight the Third Battle of Ypres? MHM editor Neil Faulkner analyses the background to Haig’s offensive in Flanders in autumn 1917. The controversy has lasted a century. It will probably never be resolved. The Third Battle of Ypres – or ‘Passchendaele’ as it is popularly known – was bitterly contested at the […]

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Britain Goes to War: 4 August 1914

To mark Britain’s momentous declaration of war 100 years ago today, MHM  has created this graphic study of the country’s military as it prepared for war. To get a better view of the facts and figures, click on the images below.  This is an extract from the full article, published in issue 46 of Military History Monthly.  

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WAR CULTURE – Nevinson’s prints

In conjunction with a new exhibition opening at Osborne Samuel gallery, MHM  looks at some of CRW Nevinson’s most celebrated war-time works of art. Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was a noted British war artist, whose predilection for representing the mechanical nature of war set him apart from many of his wartime contemporaries. Having opted to […]

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Behind the Image – Society at War

French Women Munition Workers   A narrow corridor leads into the distance between serried ranks of shells. The slightly elevated viewpoint exaggerates the narrowing of the corridor until it almost vanishes a third of the way from the top of the photograph, and a third in from the right. This is a classic composition that […]

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TOP FIVE: WWI Pilots

MHM selects five of the most decorated and daring pilots of the Great War. 5: Grahame Donald Nationality: British Awards: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross Putting his promising international rugby career on hold, Donald entered the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1914 as a surgeon probationer. He is perhaps best known for his death-defying […]

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Assassination: Sarajevo, 28 June 1914

Most readers of The Times had never heard of Sarajevo in June 1914. The assassination of a visiting Austrian royal by a Balkan nationalist fanatic therefore passed with little comment at British breakfast tables at the end of that month. Yet the two pistol shots fired into the back of a limousine by Gavrilo Princip […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE – Marching to the future

Belgian Carabiniers with dog-drawn heavy machine-gun, 1914 Marching toward the camera, and shot from a low angle, these Belgian Carabiniers are given a powerful sense of purpose by the photographer. Clean uniforms and neat formation say the soldiers have not come from battle. These are the early days of WWI and Belgium has been invaded […]

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